'Finding Bigfoot' star reveals close-up encounter on CBS 'Early Show' (VIDEO)

Matt Moneymaker, star of Animal Planet's hit reality series Finding Bigfoot, discloses a close-up encounter with a sasquatch, and gives his opinion on whether or not the creatures are related to humans.

Matt Moneymaker, star of Animal Planet’s hit reality show, Finding Bigfoot, revealed on the CBS Early Show that he has been within 15 feet of an actual bigfoot.

The existence of bigfoot has been rumored for, at minimum, decades, but Moneymaker, president and founder of the Bigfoot Field Researcher Organization, claims he has seen one of the elusive creatures up-close. Moneymaker claims he saw the bigfoot at close range in 1994, saying that it actually approached the team. They were in eastern Ohio, he said, in an area much like Appalachian terrain. Unfortunately, there were no pictures taken, no video. “We went in there to figure out where we were going to set up a surveillance camera,” he explained. “The thing came up and approached us,” he said.

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Moneymaker also said that, although they have not captured a bigfoot on camera on Finding Bigfoot, one came within about 50 feet of the crew and cast one night, even throwing rocks in its approach. “We’ll get them, no doubt,” he said confidently, referring to visuals of the animals on the show.

Moneymaker also cleared up a question that comes up often in the discussion of the creatures: It’s bigfoots, not bigfeet. “Bigfoots or sasquatches. Bigfeet would be what we have,” he joked.

With all of the technology available today, some wonder why no clear photo has been taken of the creatures if they exist, but Moneymaker said that it would be hard to take a clear photo or video of an animal that is typically running away from you. “You’re talking about an animal that will turn and run away. To get a clear picture of something, it has to hold still for awhile, out in the open, in daylight,” he said. “These things, if you’re close enough to see them in those conditions, they’ll see you. They’re usually never far from cover. They just don’t stand out in the open near a road in the day. So, if you spot one quickly, it will be running away probably too fast for you to even pull the camera out and point it.”

Is bigfoot man or animal? “Oh, animal,” Moneymaker said conclusively. “They’re a line of apes. They are not anything related to humans, in my opinion.”

Finding Bigfoot airs on Sunday night at 10 p.m. (ET) on Animal Planet.

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Video: CBS Early Show

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Submitted by Gigglerazor/ GEO (not verified) on
Every epasode, they seem to say there is a squatch in these woods. It is so hard to beleave that it is true. I think they beleave every bump, whistle and screem is a squatch. Get some real evidence, and then share it on TV. This is my owen opinion. 25 years and all you have to show is, NOTHING that makes me beleave in you at all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
No footage, pictures because they run away??? This guy if full of crap. What about bones? When it dies it can't run away anymore! Harry and the Hendersons was a great movie though.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
how many other animal bones do you find in the woods. It only takes about seven days for a deer to almost fully decompose and then scavergers take care of the rest. Anyone famliliar with forestry of anykind will tell you that remains do not last out in the wild for too long. The entire world thought that the Panda bear was extinct until one walked right out of the would one day.

Submitted by Gigglerazor/ GEO (not verified) on
This show is full of it. I just dont waist my time on watching it any longer. If I need to see anything about bigfoot, I will lool on the net. I hope his show gets droped. and put somthing more educational.

Submitted by Cat 1 (not verified) on
Speaking of education, learn how to spell.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
actually, there have been bones found, thighbones that appear to be from a small human giant. there are also way better video's on youtube than the crappy ones that the bfro investigates. another thing, moneymaker seems to be sure that bigfoots aren't related to humans. i strongly believe they are, i mean, they are bipedal, they throw rocks, they scream, some reports even claim they talk to each other(i know none of these things are proven, but i like to keep an open mind and kinda trust the thousands of reports). and we know for sure that our early ancestors lived in small, close groups of 10 to 15 'people', and they already burried their dead, so maybe bigfoots do the same. and last, even if there were bodies in the woods, its easier to find a needle in a haystack than to find pieces of a decomposing body that's been eaten by coyotes. and if we're talking about a yeti, the bodies would be covered in snow in a matter of minutes, and even if they weren't, they're white, cold primate bodies lying in white snow

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thats fine, if you believe that bigfoot exists, I have no problem with that, everyone I guess needs a little mystery in their lives. But, how can you base what you believe on rumors? Every piece of evidence that is found eventually turns out to be a hoax or mis-identification of a known animal. Example: thighbones that appear to be from a small human giant?, how do they appear to be from a "small" human "giant"? I would think that a "small giant" would just be a person of average height. I do have an open mind about this, if they exist, then fine, if someone proves it, I will be the first to admit I was wrong and do what I can to help protect that species. As for being related to humans, absolutely not, evolution is just another hoax, if apes evolved into humans they would still be doing so and there would be thousands of examples of live apes in various stages of evolving. As for dead bodies, true they may be hard to find, but, as many people as there are who spend time in the forests these days, someone would have found something by now, if even by accident. I think science is better off searching for a cure for cancer or something useful like that, (a known monster) than wasting time looking for some giant monkey, even if one is found, I mean, so what, six months later no one will care, except of course Matt Monkeychaser, cause he will have to chase some other myth then, maybe Nessie?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Apes didn't evolve into humans. Humans and apes share a common ancestor species, like rats, squirrels and beavers share a common rodent-like ancestor.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Spoken like a true believer....No body nor bones recognized by any science. It appears as if you taake the National Tattler a little too seriously there Einstein.Videos are hoaxed.Moneymaker doesn;t know squat and throws the paranormal reports in the garbage which according to Thom Powell number in the hundreds. These things are spirits and all of the Native Americans know it.

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